The show must go on at NHL Stenden
Translated by Thomas Ansell
NHL Stenden have thrown their weight behind making it as easy for students to work during the current Coronavirus outbreak as possible- and now almost everyone can take their tests online to avoid a study delay, reports the Leeuwarder Courant.
“It’s a mega-operation”, says Klaas-Wybo van der Hoek, a member of NHL’s steering committee, “but we must do everything so that students can study. They come to our university with a goal: to prepare as well as possible for the future. And that also incurs a financial cost, because any delay will cost a student extra money”.
The Hogeschool, which has around 23,000 students, has spend the last few weeks trying everything to get lessons online. Students that don’t have a suitable laptop or webcam have been helped by the university.
NHL Stenden has even managed to re-create the exam-hall scenario, with a special piece of software that ‘scans’ the room that the student is taking a test in to check if there is anyone speaking or giving answers, and which can recognise any notes or pre-written answers. Students have to register with the software via their ID.
Not all lessons and exams can be done online, “a practical demonstration in a lab can’t be done, but most other sorts of educational activities are taking place online”, says Van der Hoek. NHL Stenden says that the amount of students taking online tests isn’t quite the same number as those that turn up for physical tests, but around 70 to 80 percent of the students are attending them.